The Greater Sacramento Area Experiential Program was established in 1985 as the UC Davis-Sacramento program and has expanded greatly over the years. The program currently accepts 20-23 third-year pharmacy students from the UC San Francisco (UCSF) School of Pharmacy. The program director is located at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento where most of the acute care Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) are located. As with the other off-campus experiential programs at UCSF, students complete all requirements for graduation locally. Over 100 practitioner-faculty located throughout the Sacramento metropolitan area serve as preceptors, role models, and mentors for students assigned to the program. Faculty are employed in both teaching and community sites, providing students with an opportunity to evaluate career opportunities in a variety of traditional and non-traditional practice settings. Students also participate in various research projects and have received recognition and awards for their efforts.
The primary sites for required and many elective APPEs are UC Davis Health, Sutter Health, California Poison Control System – Sacramento, VA Northern California Health Care (Mather and McClellan), Dignity Health, and Kaiser Permanente (Roseville and South Sacramento). As the program has grown, so has the variety of APPEs at these primary sites with a robust offering of both acute and ambulatory care experiences. Other elective APPEs are also available at unique practices such as the UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital, managed care organizations, specialty pharmacies, and home infusion pharmacies.
Graduating students consistently rate the Greater Sacramento program highly for its rich learning environment, exposure to diverse patient populations, professional and nurturing faculty, rotation assignment flexibility, and networking opportunities.
Additionally, students from University of the Pacific (UOP) and California Northstate University (CNU) Schools of Pharmacy may request to complete their APPEs at the UC Davis Medical Center.
Hi, my name is Alexander Chang, and I am a New Jersey native who graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a degree in Molecular Biology. I am excited to be in the Sacramento area and have been loving it so far. My goals this year are to challenge myself to improve every day, learn how to be uncomfortable, and share what I learn with my friends and colleagues as we all grow together. After work, you can find me lifting weights in the gym (cardio couple times a week), experimenting with new food recipes, and exploring the food scene around Sac (recommendations welcome). I look forward to working with you.
Hi, my name is Julia Chao. I graduated from UC Davis with a degree in pharmaceutical chemistry and I grew up in Sacramento, so it is great to be back home! I am eager to expand on my clinical knowledge and explore the various fields that pharmacy has to offer. I am excited to be continuing my education at UC Davis Health where I can apply all the knowledge that I have gained over the last 2 years to help make a positive impact on patient health. Outside of my studies, I enjoy hiking, cooking, and exploring new restaurants! I am looking forward to a great year of professional growth, learning, and building relationships at UC Davis Health.
Hello, my name is Xiaomin Chen. I am a one-and-a-half generation Chinese American who grew up in San Francisco. I attended UC Davis for my bachelor’s in economics and pharmaceutical chemistry, and it is good to be back to the Greater Sacramento area! I am especially excited to explore different areas of pharmacy with the guidance of our excellent preceptors to find out what I enjoy the most. In my spare time, I love cooking, going on scenic walks, reading, and trying new foods. I look forward to all the challenges, learning, and bonding I will experience with my classmates in this upcoming year.
Hello, my name is Joshua Chin. I am originally from Malaysia and Canada before I moved to the United States five years ago. For my undergraduate studies, I attended Simon Fraser University, City College of San Francisco, and then UC Berkeley. I graduated with a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology in 2020 and am now completing pharmacy school at UCSF. I am excited to gain valuable hands-on experience in the different fields of pharmacy during APPEs. In my spare time, I enjoy playing badminton and soccer, watching sports, photography, hiking, and exploring new food places! I look forward to all the collaboration, learning, and professional growth I will experience during rotations this upcoming year.
Hi, my name is Stephen Choy. I attended UC Santa Cruz for my undergraduate and am a Bay Area native. I'm excited to be in the Greater Sacramento Area and gain new experiences, both on a professional and personal level. My current interest in pharmacy includes hospital, managed care, and industry. In my spare time, I like to go on runs and lift weights at the gym. I’m currently training for the SF Half Marathon that’s coming up this July. I also love to try new restaurants, coffee shops, breweries, and bars, so let me know your favorites! Thanks for your time, and I'm looking forward to working with those at UC Davis Health.
Hello, my name is Crystal Chung, and I grew up in San Francisco. I left foggy SF briefly for sunny UCLA (go bruins!) where I graduated with a BS in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology and a minor in Food Studies. I am excited for this new chapter of my education in Sacramento, full of new opportunities to learn beyond the classroom. While on rotations, I hope to develop clinical skills and explore different areas of pharmacy. Outside of school, I enjoy baking, exercising, and writing Yelp reviews. Looking forward to the challenges and memories the year will bring.
Hi, my name is Amanda Duong-Le. I grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a degree in Biology. In my spare time, I enjoy listening to music, baking, traveling, and exploring new restaurants/cafes. I am currently interested in ambulatory care, but I am excited to learn more about the different areas of pharmacy. I look forward to exploring Sacramento, as well as growing professionally and meeting everyone.
Hello, my name is Jane Go. I graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago where I majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry. I currently attend UCSF School of Pharmacy and recently moved to Sacramento for my APPE rotations in Davis. I am very excited to gain clinical knowledge and make new professional connections at UC Davis Health. During my spare time, I enjoy yoga, running, trying out to new restaurants and coffee shops. This is my first time in Sacramento, so I am very excited to explore the city. I am looking forward to meeting all my preceptors and the rewarding experiences I will have during rotations.
Hello, my name is Lily Huang, and I grew up in Irvine, California! I also attended UC Irvine for undergrad where I graduated with a degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences. During my free time, I enjoy going on hikes, watching sports, and exploring new places. I look forward to the opportunity to work in a collaborative, team-based environment and hone my patient care skills. I'm excited to build relationships with the patients and UC Davis Health team during my time here in Sacramento. I am ready for that continuous infusion of knowledge!
Hello, everyone, my name is Pavandeep Janday. I am from Stockton, CA, and completed my undergraduate studies at UC Merced in Biological Sciences. I am very excited to have the opportunity to complete my final year of pharmacy school here in Sacramento and develop into the future pharmacist I hope to become. I look forward to learning from all the great pharmacists around the Sacramento area to help guide me in my goal of developing into a clinically minded pharmacist. Away from school, I love to play basketball in my free time and support the Sacramento Kings even though each year ends with more pain. I'm excited to spend more time with our great cohort here and make our last year of pharmacy school memorable as we all grow.
Hi everyone, my name is Eric Kim and I graduated from UCLA with a degree in biology. This next school year, I am really looking forward to exploring the different realms of pharmacy to find something I am truly passionate about. Some things I enjoy outside of pharmacy school include hiking at national parks, bouldering, snowboarding, playing volleyball and trying local beers from the different cities I visit. I look forward to meeting you all throughout my APPEs.
Hello, my name is So Young Kim. I attended UC Berkeley for my undergraduate studies where I majored in Bioengineering. After graduation, I was a pharmaceutical researcher studying selective drug/gene delivery into cancer cells for three years. Now I am at UCSF School of Pharmacy, enjoying every moment of it. In my free time, you will find me enjoying walks with my dog, golfing, indoor rock climbing, and skiing (very excited to be near Lake Tahoe). I also love to cook Korean food, play the piano, and watch Netflix documentaries. I am excited to start my APPE rotation here at the Sacramento area and apply the didactic experience the I have gained. I look forward to meeting new mentors/colleagues and I hope to be challenged and be better every day.
Hello, my name is Jeremy Lam. I attended UC Berkeley for my undergraduate studies and pursued my master’s degree at Loyola Marymount University. I look forward to immersing myself in my APPE experience this upcoming year. I hope that through these experiences, I will be able to evolve my passions in pharmacy. Outside of pharmacy, I love going to coffee shops and getting iced oat lattes (I used to be a barista!). I enjoy running, listening to Tate McRae, and soaking in the sun. I am also into skincare and have an almost 10-step skincare routine.
Hello, my name is Nancy Lee. I grew up in the East Bay Area and attended UC Davis for my undergraduate studies. I returned to the Bay Area for pharmacy school and am excited to be back in the Sacramento area for my APPE rotations. I look forward to experiencing different pharmacy settings, expanding my clinical knowledge and skills, and developing professional relationships. During my leisure time, I enjoy trying local restaurants and cafes, walking my dog, tending to my indoor plants, and hiking. I am grateful for the learning opportunities and challenges in the upcoming year.
Hi, my name is Matt Louie. I went to the University of Washington for undergrad where I majored in biochemistry. I'm excited to learn about all the specialties within pharmacy, but as of now I'm especially interested in cardiology and academia. In my free time, I enjoy volleyball, hiking, and video games. I also can't live without boba. I can't wait to work with everyone and looking forward to all the new experiences I'll have this year.
Hi, my name is Taylor McCart. I am a 2017 UC Davis graduate, and I'm happy to be back after two years in San Francisco. I have a particular interest in emergency medicine and toxicology, but I'm excited to learn as much as I can in all my rotations this upcoming year. In my spare time, I like going to concerts, playing video games, and trying new restaurants and coffee shops. I look forward to developing my clinical skills and getting the opportunity to bond more with the rest of my classmates in the GSA cohort.
Hi everyone, my name is Josephine Ngo. I attended undergrad here at UC Davis and it’s good to be back after two years. I’m excited to learn more about the different specialties of pharmacy to figure out where I want to go with my career in the future and to be more hands on with my learning. UC Davis gave me countless opportunities to grow during undergrad and I’m grateful to be able to come back and finish my last year of school here. I’ve lived in San Jose my whole life and love being in the Bay Area. Outside of pharmacy, I enjoy going to the beach, hikes, and farmers markets with my dogs. The pandemic made me a full-blown dog mom and I enjoy just staying at home and relaxing with my dogs. I’m looking forward to all the new experiences this year and meeting a lot of new people.
Hi! My name is Tiffany Ngo and I was born and raised in the Bay Area. I attended UC Davis for undergraduate and had an amazing time so it's great to be back. I am excited to build my depth of knowledge in pharmacy and to work with such a diverse population in Sacramento. In my spare time, I enjoy discovering new restaurants and dessert spots (especially looking for any hidden gems), thrift shopping, exploring hiking trails/ parks, and expanding my tote bag collection. I am grateful for this opportunity to learn from amazing clinicians and grow alongside my classmates.
Hi, my name is April Ochoa. I attended UC Santa Cruz for my undergraduate studies. I am excited to learn about the different areas of pharmacy, in particular acute care which is a big interest of mine. In my spare time, I love going to the gym, going for a swim, and cooking. I look forward to all the opportunities that this year will bring and making the most out of it.
Hello everyone, my name is Ashley Takeshita, and I grew up in Orange County in Southern California. I attended UC Davis for undergraduate, where I majored in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and minored in Music. I am excited to be back in the area, but not as excited about the allergies. In my free time, I enjoy playing basketball and piano, napping, watching Netflix shows, and exploring new foods/restaurants. I will definitely try new eating places and activities, such as river rafting, with my cohort. I am also looking forward to applying what I have learned in school on rotations as well as the challenging but rewarding learning experiences.